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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 24, 2007 4:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Morning Question/Poll

Was remembering the first time I found the Archive and the joy I felt when I realized that almost all of the Dead's history was here to be downloaded in pristine quality at the push of a button. Still get shivers (especially when compared with the days of hoping someone would show up with a new tape or two and then sitting around the two tape decks for 3 hours, hoping that the decks' motors were more or less in synch and the tapes wouldn't come out sounding like Alvin and the Chipmunks). At that moment, I knew that there was one show I wanted to grab, one show that I had never found a clean copy of, but listened to repeatedly. For me (and no surprise here) it was Augusta 84 and when I found it here (with two different sources no less!) I could not have been happier. After that one, I then grabbed the more commonly sought after shows (old Fillmores, Barton Hall, etc.). But it was that one that put the biggest smile on my face.
When you (collective) first found the Archive, was there one show in particular that you immediately went to? Was it a show that others may not have also put at the top of their "wish list"? Oh, yeah, feel free to include self-indulgent tales of associated bugging experiences and strange encounters, I'm looking to be entertained here as much as get info.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Jan 24, 2007 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

I started obviously with shows I had seen in the past, then shows my brother had seen in the past. Once we had our own little archive complete, it was an endless pursuit of the "best of" shows posted here. Nothing that entertaining to anyone other than my brother and I.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Jan 24, 2007 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

They put the shows up year by year, and I stumbled in when they put up 1979, which I believe was the first year to go up- '79 was sorely underrepresented in my pre-Archive trading, so this worked fine. So, I picked up 11-25-79 and 11-01-79 (wanted to hear the rest of that show, beyond the hidden S>F from DP 13). It seems like they got one or two years up every week, so I picked a show or two from each year as they came up.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Jan 24, 2007 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

Great post. I felt like I went to heaven when I found this site. I had not gotten into downloading digital music yet, and was still holding onto cassettes. This site made me figure it all out, learning about the compression files and what to do with them, the media players, all the digital audio stuff. It was a learning curve I didn't want to get into before, but with all this material!!!!

I just couldn't believe that every show I downloaded was the best sounding show I had ever heard. Somehow I knew it wasn't going to be around forever, and I downloaded everything in sight for months. Then, as the CD's piled up, I started to get complacent over the fact that the shows were always there. Like alot of people, I started telling myself "slow down, you don't need to download them all, they will always be there." This was like my own personal repository of everything Dead.

Then that fatal Thanksgiving holiday when it all ended. I was crushed for months. I still am, but oh well.

My first downloaded show was something that I went to, but I can't remember. But I do know it rocked my world, and things haven't been the same since.

To put it in another perspective, this site moved me to donate all of my cassette tapes, even after the downloads stopped. No other website has changed how I do things. I don't think....

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Poster: blue sun Date: Jan 24, 2007 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

Great question S.D.H.

Let me dust off the cranium... musta been four, mabey six months ago that I found this site. On a whim, I decided to try to find my first show on the internet sites I had heard existed here. Mind you I did'nt know the date (tix stubs in storage), but I knew it was Irvine, CA mid 80's. After some scratching and crowing I found 4-17-87. Looking at the set list, I knew it was the show. From the set list I was able to piece more of that fateful evening together.

Here's a long story. If your not in the mood for it use the little arrow usually found on the bottom right side of your keyboard.

Bad grammar, but it's late 3:30 & I gotta sleep. I was 17. I hgad just moved from Juneau, Alaska to Passadena CA. I was going to this little high school (Southwestern Academy-"Bending Twigs Since 18...") to get back on track. At spring break, all the students were going on this ski trip. Having started mid-semester, I couldn't go. I had heard about this band from my friend Jenny J. (thanks Jen), the Grateful Dead. I'd seen the name on some school folders or something, but never heard a note (juicy). So I found a ticket from some ticket agency, and then I had something to do for spring break.

The day comes, and my mother and I drive about 2.5 hours down to Irvine. We had agreed that she would pick me up after the show; she'd be "out front". Now some of you might not know this but the shows had a larger parking lot than your average concert, and a little different scene. So I used to like to chew these little pieces of paper; it seemed they brought excitement to even a dull occasion. In my life i'd eaten mabey 4-5 pieces (stale ones that made it all the way to AK. So, after my ma dropped me off, I experienced the lot (most of us have a first time at this). Art, strange musical sounds, odd food, strange wonderful people, smells-good and bad. People were using words I was not familiar with: "I need a miracle, veggie buritos, doses, wanna buy a lincoln etc. Finally, someone felt my vibe and spoke words I recognized. The paper was cute with little pictures. I ate a piece, and continued walking. After what seemed like a bit of time, I felt that the paper was not an effective chew. I found some more-larger pieces with differant pictures that the first ones. I ate one of those. I walked for a little bit longer, still nothing. I decided to give up on that. There's this herbal stuff I love to smoke-great flavor. I saw this thin guy with a long beard and hair. He looked thirsty, and he was holding this bag of that herb up to the sun as if it were the glass of water he was going to enjoy. We caught eyes. I spoke: "Are you getting rid of that?" after discussion and transacting, his friend had a convenient pipe loaded. So I took a draw (one). Suddenly the flavorful herb awakened both papers I had inbibed. To say the least, a sense of urgency set upon me. I escaped to the amphitheatre side of the lot. Time passes, intensity increased, then I say a parade of people in the distance entering the show. Oh shit. I decided I could do it, so I set out... Wrong side of fence-go back and around, crowds, thirsty, oh yea- will call. My ticket was at will-call. I don't remember that part much (P.T.S.D.?)

I could hear this rumbling tumbling BASS sound as I walked the path to the amph. The show was beginning-hurry. Inside the theatre, an usher led me to my seat while Cold rain and snow melted like a thick chocolaty syrup on, in and through me. I was seated next to this jolly round couple, just smiling and dancing away. When they saw me they must have known more than I could have guessed. "Hi! Is this your first show?" "Oh, ya... This is amazing", could have been our words. I had never heard anything like it. Wonderful sounds, was there more than one singer, are they wearing neon? At one point, to my right I saw this guy chaining his kid to a hand rail. As I pondered why he would do this, the kid broke through the plastic chains, and the guy laughed. Boy, so did I. Then they were done playing; I was sad. But everyone stayed there talking, smoking, eating and laughing. HEAVEN! There were gorgeous girls in exotic costumes. I was 17, full of hormones (guess I still am). I asked someone when does every one leave. He looked confused "after the show", he said. Then he saw something about me (pupils) and explained that there were two sets in each show, and the second set was still to come. DELUXE! I remember feeling The Wheel rolling over me as the words were sung. Literally the words "The wheel is turning..." rolled right out over us. WOW! Mighty Quinn encore- gotta tell my mom (we had a cat named Quimmer- that's what happens when you live in Alaska- Quim the eskimo?) So this beautiful show ends, and I'm just another fish in this river of people (a very high fish). I hear an undecipherable murmur, I did hear someone ask: "any one got any loose joints", at a slight downslope another said: "I almost fell down this hill", to which another replied: "well, that's better than falling up the hill" My tears of laughter!

Oh God! My mom! We're supposed to meet "in the parking lot". Well, I'll start looking. Perhaps I'll find her by morning (pre-cell phone era). So, I walking out the gate to the parking lot. There was this big line of limousines. In the middle of them was Ma in our nineteen-eighty-something GrandAm. I guess she had told each person who stopped her that she was here to pick up her son. They thought her son must have been a Rock-Med situation, and sent her there to the limos to pick up her ailing son. Boy I was not ailing. I was higher, just HIGHER. So She got about 2.5 hours of me raving about the incredible show. Totally oblivious to my vivid descriptions, hallucinatory distractions, and just highness. (Early 90's she went to her first show with me. "These people are so nice and polite".)

So, I promoted the Dead to my classmates after the break. We actually took a school trip to a show later that year (school van and all).

100+ shows and many miles later I found my lost first show on this, another miracle of existance, The Internet Archive. And even though the shows are gone, new Deadheads are still evolving thanks to this site.

Sorry to be so wordy, 4:48 a.m., nighty night. I love us all.
Ken Z. Buzzard

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 24, 2007 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

That is one fine answer my friend. I never tire of reading about folks' first experience with the Dead and "getting it". Great story and very well told. I hope we hear more from you.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 24, 2007 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

Having gotten a lot of good stuff from gdlive and onshare already, when I first stumbled across The Archive there were only a few years available.

I can't recall what I grabbed first; I just remember being thrilled at the whole concept- the idea that with many shows I could actually choose between a crisp board or several audience sources made it seem like Christmas.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 24, 2007 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

When I found the archive (quite by fortuitous accident), I had already downloaded some stuff from GDLIVE and Furthernet. It hadn't yet occured to me to upgrade--that folks like Charlie Miller were latching on to higher gen or more complete copies snuck out of the Vaults. That might have changed my approach. I would have attacked the week of 4-26-29-71 like a starving bear.

As it was, I began my downloading mania with shows that I had been fotunate enought to attend. The first one I found was Gaelic Park, New York, 8-26-71. I had taped this show on an absolutely shitty cassette deck. When I played back my tape, it sounded as if I had recorded it from the number 2 local that ran by the stadium. Still, I listened to it over and over again (can't say that anyone else really wanted to). Having done so, the show was emblazoned in my memory. Especially "Empty Pages."

When I saw the the sdb was available, I went straight to it. Yum! 30 years after the fact, and I had it in my nasty little hands. And back into my heart it went.

And, btw, Gaelic Park is sorely underrated and ignored. Last show before Keith. Pig's last until December. One of only two "Empty Pages." Last pre--1976 "St. Stephen." Last "Hard to Handle"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a great one, to boot.

After that, I picked off the shows I went to (I guess around 35, between 1967 and 1973). I was amazed that they had almost all the shows I went to either in sbd or aud. Some of them are stupendous, others really suck. Some of them remind me of the fact that the best concerts are often the ones we went to--until we play back the tape. There were some clunkers in there. And some audience that were bad enough to rival my Gaelic Park tape (much of the Academy of music run from 1972).



And there was/is one tape that was one I recorded (sucks).

Thieves.

This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2007-01-24 14:15:00

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 24, 2007 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

Some of them remind me of the fact that the best concerts are often the ones we went to--until we play back the tape

God, how true is that?

Parking lot after the show: "holy shit!, that was the best freaking show of all time!!!!"

Bedroom after listening to same show on tape couple of months later: "holy shit!, that show was extraordinarily ordinary!"

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Poster: dyermaker81 Date: Jan 24, 2007 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

The first show I grabbed was my birthday show. 08/31/81.

I continued by grabbing other shows from 08/31...also 01/15 wife's B'day...05/20 our anniversary, NYE shows, Halloween shows. After that it became pretty random. Suggestions from you guys, etc.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 24, 2007 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

I just love a review that starts with "I was there." Mind you, I like to hear first hand accounts, but I know that 99 time out of a hundred the review will be quite biased.
Yeah, best show of all times!

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Jan 24, 2007 5:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

The best show I found on here was "South Philly Freak Show".

http://www.archive.org/details/South_Philly_Freak_Show

I am sure if you listen to it, you suddenly realize you've been distracted by all the other shows and will make this your favorite.

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Poster: kschneid Date: Jan 24, 2007 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Morning Question/Poll

Behold the 20-foot afro!

Anyway, the keyword list on that track seems a bit, um, opportunistic ;-). *But*, the good news is that clicking on "jerry" eventually brought me here:

http://www.archive.org/details/dead_air_20070121

Who knew?

Edit - more from same:
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22john%40gdradio.net%22&sort=-%2Fmetadata%2Fdate

Edit2 - alternate link:
http://www.archive.org/bookmarks/john@gdradio.net

This post was modified by kschneid on 2007-01-24 15:00:36